Where do we draw the line?

Take a look at this video.

The Chinese know the importance of keeping children healthy, but they sure do have a very odd way of going about it. This type of compulsory physical exercise before school is effective, but would never work in Australia.

So where should we draw the line between the importance of physical exercise and fun? I would imagine the Chinese children in the movie are not having fun, but this type of exercise is ingrained in their culture.

In choosing what sort of physical activity you are trying to introduce to your child, always make sure they’re having fun. If you force a child to do physical activity that he or she doesn’t enjoy, you will condition them to dislike physical activity and this will have profound effects into their adult life.

Besides, how can you explain to a child that they have to exercise so that in 20 years time they remain healthy? Always make exercise and activity fun, and the rest will work itself out.

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One thought on “Where do we draw the line?

  1. The message of this post is powerful, I think the only way to make exercise fun for kids is to make it enjoyable and creative so that they don’t see it as just another boring school subject.

    The video reminded me of my childhood as I started primary school in Peru and they used to make us stand for an hour and do these weird military poses which felt like excruciating punishment.

    However, I am inspired by new initiatives that are seeking to make exercise fun like Michelle Obama’s efforts to fight childhood obesity through the Let’s Move campaign. This campaign is described as a flashmob dance workout and Beyonce has gotten involved which is really cool.

    Anyhow here is the link in case you want to check it out: http://www.fitwatch.com/weight-loss/video-beyonce-helping-kids-make-exercise-fun-2825.html

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